Valentine’s day is quickly approaching, and whether you like to celebrate it or not, Valentine’s day chocolate is everywhere! You may be thinking that eating chocolate will throw a wrench in your January detox. However, we’d argue the opposite. If you’re eating the right kind: real chocolate, not the kind loaded with sugar and additives, chocolate can be beneficial to your health. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of chocolate.
Where does chocolate originate from?
According to a study from the Netherlands, Chocolate originated in Mexico. It comes from the seed called Cacao and is then processed into chocolate. It was originally thought of as an aphrodisiac only available to wealthy people.
Loaded with antioxidants
Cacao is loaded with antioxidants and has a high concentration of flavonoids. Dark chocolate can contain higher amounts of flavonoids than tea or wine. According to Healthline, flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that help the body get rid of toxins or stressors. Global News reported that flavonoids can regulate intestinal microbiota, and therefore activate the growth of good gut bacteria, which supports anti-inflammation in the intestine.
Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Disease
The link between cacao and cardiovascular disease has long been studied. While there is conflicting evidence, there has been plenty of research on the beneficial effects. A 2012 study by Zomer at al concluded that consuming dark chocolate daily could help in preventing cardiovascular disease. In addition, cocoa is also known to keep your blood pressure balanced.
Good Chocolate, Good Mood
Another reason to love chocolate is it helps boost our mood. Chocolate contains serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that benefits the brain and causes you to feel happier and more relaxed.
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